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btimm  
27 Aug 2010 10:24 | Quote
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How did you become proficient at singing while playing? I really struggle with this, I get thrown off. Which is weird since I did different patterns with drums all the time.

I understand it is practice, practice, practice like most things, but what I am really asking about is if you had some sort of particular exercises for it or anything like that.
JazzMaverick  
27 Aug 2010 11:09 | Quote
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I can't really remember how I first started... I think I learnt the song vocally (so I knew it like the back of my hand) then learn the guitar then gradually I was able to play both together... sometimes I struggled but it eventually became easier the more I practiced.

Best thing I can say is to gradually add the vocals, one sentance at a time when you're playing.
tinyskateboard  
27 Aug 2010 11:32 | Quote
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A clinic about singing while playing I went to had this good advice.

Sing the first word of each measure while playing normally. Then strum once per measure while singing normally.

Helps me.
EMB5490  
27 Aug 2010 12:18 | Quote
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I find this very hard (singing and playing) and have been wanting to learn for a while. any tips of the subject are appreciated :)
BodomBeachTerror  
27 Aug 2010 12:23 | Quote
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start with just chord songs. dont bite off more than you can chew.
EMB5490  
27 Aug 2010 12:31 | Quote
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Those i can do, but can never separate my singing and lead... its annoying for sure..
Domigan_Lefty  
27 Aug 2010 14:37 | Quote
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what i did is learn to play without looking at the guitar. play the song muscle memory style. dont think about the guitar. once you can play it without looking (focus on one thing. a spot on wall, the screen of a tv, etc.), hum the beat of the lyrics, then whisper to yourself, etc.

I almost never look at my guitar unless im doing a solo or "hard" riff.
Kind of like "perfect pitch" being able to hear a note/phrase and recognize it, it takes time.
BodomBeachTerror  
27 Aug 2010 15:09 | Quote
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I heard one guitarist, i think it was Alexi Laiho. but its like guitar. just play the guitar slow and figure out how the words fit into the guitarwork. and then build the speed
EMB5490  
27 Aug 2010 19:17 | Quote
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Yeah i can close my eyes and play my guitar backwards (sarcasm) but cant sing...


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